Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Olympiada of Spoken Russian

The Olympiada of Spoken Russian

Launched in the late 1960s, the ACTR Olympiada of Spoken Russian is the oldest of ACTR’s secondary school activities. Drawing on the long-established practice of oral exams and competitions within the Russian educational system, Olympiada has provided successive generations of American high school and middle school students of Russian with a forum in which to demonstrate their achievement in Russian language study, while conversing with native speakers of Russian and meeting with students of Russian from schools other than their own.
State/Regional Olympiada competitions take place throughout the United States from February through May. Participants may earn gold, silver, or bronze medals in recognition of their proficiency in Russian conversation, poetry recitation, and Russian civilization at various levels of study. In addition, every third or fourth year outstanding contestant at regional ACTR Olympiada contests have the opportunity to participate in an international Olympiada contest that takes place in Moscow and brings together winners of Russian Olympiada contests from throughout the world to compete for international medals and engage in a rich program of cultural activities.
The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies hosts the state competition for K-12 in Texas in early April every year. For more information about the competition and how to get your school or program involved, please contact Heather Rice or Molly Adler.

Note: Due to the current circumstances connected with COVID-19, the Olympiada of Spoken Russian will be conducted entirely online this year. We will NOT be hosting the event on the UT campus this year. The National Chairs, Mark Trotter and Ruth Edelman, have given us approval to modify this year's Olympiada of Spoken Russian to best accommodate all who are involved. 

This year students will prepare pre-recorded materials as their commission submissions. There will be NO live, synchronous meetings between students and judges. Students will submit these recordings to a Box folder by Saturday, April 3. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, will be given feedback, and will be scored. Scores will be reported to ACTR and subsequently distributed to teachers after April 3. Teachers will be responsible for sharing the scores with their students. Students will receive official certificates from ACTR.

To learn more about the Olympiada of Spoken Russian or how to register for the event, visit the ACTR website:

 registration formspreparation materialsZoom Recording Instructions


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